SLEEPING giant Dederang-Mount Beauty awoke from its slumber with a 49-point thumping of Chiltern on Saturday.
After leading by 13 points early in the final quarter at Chiltern, Bombers spearhead Darren Bradshaw cut loose in the final 20 minutes to lead the visitors to their best win of the season.
Bradshaw finished with 10 majors in only his second match back from broken ribs while Dale Lappin and Louie Iaria turned in outstanding performances further afield.
Coach Marc Almond said Dederang-Mount Beauty had been working towards a big performance.
“Without using it an excuse, we have had a heap of injuries to key personnel and each player within the group has been marginally off,” Almond said.
“We haven’t been as hungry after last year and probably thought it was just going to happen. We were ticking the boxes but probably not performing the disciplines that made us competitive last year.
“This was a lot better — the wheel is slowly turning.”
While Chiltern missed Mark Doolan and several others due to injury, the Bombers had plenty of firepower on the sidelines with Troy Price, Andrew Hill, Daniel Bradshaw, Mark Cole and Jason Gentile out.
Dederang-Mount Beauty held the lead by 26 points at half-time before Chiltern hit back to give itself a chance.
Dane O’Neill and Wayne Shannon led the Swan revival but it was short-lived as Bradshaw picked up the tempo late to score a resounding victory.
“Chiltern got within 12 points early so it was good to finish the way we did,” Almond said.
Rutherglen snapped out of its slump to defeat Beechworth by 35 points.
The Cats made their run in the third quarter with Sam Bowers, Ian Kay and Martin Brennan in the thick of the action and Brendan Sessions cashing in up forward.
Dylan Pritchard was in fine form for Beechworth again with five majors.
Thurgoona dished out a 74-point hiding to Wodonga Saints with Mark Bush and Craig Taylor in good touch.